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Royal Ka

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
The royal ka-soul frequently appears as a human figure holding a staff capped with a divine head, wearing a complex crown of ram’s horns, Maat-feathers, uraeus-cobras, and sun-disks. This fragment shows the upper half of the royal ka’s staff.
MEDIUM Limestone, painted
  • Place Made: Abydos, Egypt
  • DATES 381-343 B.C.E. or 186-145 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XXX Dynasty or reign of Ptolemy VI
    PERIOD Late Period or Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 9 13/16 x 14 x 1 3/4 in. (25 x 35.5 x 4.5 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Royal Ka, 381-343 B.C.E. or 186-145 B.C.E. Limestone, painted, 9 13/16 x 14 x 1 3/4 in. (25 x 35.5 x 4.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 67.69.2. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 67.69.2_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Fragmentary limestone slab with sunk relief representation of a king's bust, wearing an anedjty crown, on a standard pole with streamers; bearded. On the right sa sign and fillet bandelet ending in uraeus with white crown. On the left head of Horus hawk with part of red crown, probably originally mounting a serekh and the royal ka. Much color left: crown, yellow and red, the same as royal bust. Traces of color in other parts of the relief. Condition: Lower edge probably ancient; all other sides fragmentary. Piece much discolored and somewhat chipped.
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    Royal Ka